There are a surprising range of policies, priorities and plans, by different organisations, that affect Ludwell Valley Park, now and looking forward. This page provides some further information.
Transfer of the park to Devon Wildlife Trust
Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is in negotiations with Exeter City Council to take over responsibility for managing Ludwell Valley (as well as some of the other valley parks in the city), on a 30 year lease basis.
Ludwell Lane traffic calming
There is widespread agreement that Ludwell Lane is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists, and that the relatively heavy use of it as a rat run is inappropriate for a lane of this nature, that runs through a valley park.
Exeter City Council Masterplan
A Masterplan for the Riverside & Ludwell Valley Parks was produced and agreed by Exeter City Council in February 2016. The Masterplan is part of a strategy, driven by the EU Habitats Directive, to make these two Parks more attractive for local people, seeking to divert people from visiting important wildlife sites that are being damaged by overuse.
However, this is not now the case, so whilst the Masterplan still is the framework for changes to Ludwell Valley Park, there is no definite money on the table to support any of the proposals at present.
You can access the full Masterplan on the Exeter City Council website
Or you can download and read the Masterplan Summary (pdf, 5 MB)
Wonford Playing Fields form part of Ludwell Valley Park, and are an important access route and ‘shopfront’ for the Park.
However, we were told that this project is in a holding pattern, whilst Exeter City Council develops two new strategies about playing fields and leisure buildings. Watch this space…
Flood management and improving water quality
There is a whole suite of plans and possible actions that are grinding their way through the various responsible bodies. We are not being kept in touch with any of the water quality / flood risk news, though we have asked for that, but there will be news on this at some point we hope soon!
Then Devon Wildlife Trust would be partners in any work on nature conservation / habitat creation, not least because they are taking over management of the Park this year.